What are the advantages of having a home inspection?

There are many advantages to having a home inspection done. The inspection gives you the peace of mind of knowing whether or not the home you are about to purchase or sell is a sound investment. The inspection will help you be aware of any issues that need to be addressed.

Should I attend the inspection?

It's not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is a good idea and we strongly encourage it. The inspection is an educational opportunity and by following the inspector, observing, and asking questions, you will learn about the new home and may get some tips on general maintenance, information that will be of great help to you after you've moved in.

What are the factors to consider while choosing a home inspector?

The factors that you should consider when choosing a home inspector are:

  • They are certified to perform quality home inspections
  • They have experience in performing home inspections
  • They carry Errors & Omission and CGL insurance
  • They have professional training and participate in ongoing training
  • They provide thorough and detailed reporting on site at time of inspection
  • They are welcoming, professional and courteous

What type of report do I receive?

We will provide you with a narrative report that includes a digital photograph of some of the issues that are found to help explain it to you, accompanied by descriptive easy to read text discussing the condition of the components of the home at the time of the inspection. The Property Inspection Report will be 15 to 25 pages long and give details on:

  • The general condition of the home from the roof to the basement.
  • Major and minor deficiencies.
  • Suggestions to remedy deficiencies.
  • Any major expenditure coming up.
  • What to watch out for.

Can a residential property fail an inspection?

No. A professional inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of your prospective real estate purchase. It is not an appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection. An inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a residence, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will be in need of minor or major repairs or replacement.

When do I call a home inspector?

A home inspector is typically called right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is often available within a few days. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection.

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Try booking as far in advance as you can to get the best time that works for you. We will try our best to accommodate appointments on short notice.

How long will the inspection take?

About 2.5 to 3.5 hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age & condition of the home.

What if a home inspection reveals problems?

If the home inspector discovers problems, it doesn't mean you should or shouldn't buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. This information is used to inform you of possible future repairs whether it be major or mino

Will the inspector tell me which repairs the seller should take care of and which      ones I should repair myself?

The home inspector's goal is for you to have a complete understanding of your home, including the magnitude of any repair items that may need attention. Without knowledge of the sales price, value of the home or other issues surrounding the purchase, however, the decisions about who should make repairs are best left to the client with the advice of their real estate professional or attorney.

What are your hours of operation?

We do inspections 7 days a week during daylight hours, and are available from 7am to 10pm.

What are your fees and what payment methods do you accept?

Typically we charge from $350 - $600 depending on the size and location of the home. You may pay by cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard and Interac at the time of the inspection.

Can my inspector send copies of my report to my agent?

Not without your written approval. An initialed clause in the inspection contract will allow us to send the report to whomever you wish, an agent, attorney or family member. The report is your property and is for your use solely. If you wish to share it with your real estate team, you must authorize the inspector to distribute it.

Why would a seller want to have a home inspection?

It's not immediately obvious to many sellers why a Pre-Listing Home Inspection would be beneficial. One of the most compelling reasons is the comfort factor it gives potential buyers. Pre-Listing Inspections strengthens your position as a seller. By having an inspection before selling, you're prepared for items that may show up during the buyer's inspection. You can prevent extended negotiations if the repairs are made ahead of time. Fewer contingencies in the sales contract will undoubtedly make the closing much smoother.

What if the condominium management will not allow my inspector on the roof?

As with all areas and systems that are inaccessible in a condominium property, we strongly urge you to study the condominium documents with particular attention to management reports and association board meeting minutes to find references to recent, on-going, or anticipated repairs. Please note: in some cases you must make prior arrangements and schedule access to these areas and systems with the engineering staff. The seller or listing agent typically makes these arrangements. Even then, it may be a matter of policy not to allow unauthorized persons on the roof; i.e. high rise buildings.

why us?

With over 25 Years of residential, commercial & light industrial construction experience and over 4000 homes inspected across Alberta, we will help you make informed decisions about the condition of the home you are buying or selling.

 

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